The design and decor are similar to that of the bar and restaurant previously in this location, but the Universal made it their own by adding subway tiles and a subdued but modern color scheme.
When I heard that they served grits, I didn't think I'd find much on the menu for me (a part-time vegetarian and health nut). But they also serve a lot of vegetarian and some vegan dishes, and, like I mentioned earlier, they substitute in a fair amount of healthy ingredients.
I ordered a Brie and arugula scramble, and it was delicious—creamy with a unique flavor, and just "breakfasty" enough. They also serve espresso drinks, which some breakfast places don't.
After getting seated, Jared and I got into a discussion of why brunch attracts such a young and stylish crowd. Those same people don't usually go out to lunch, and diners can be a mixed bag of regulars, neighborhood folks, and barflys. But the patrons at the Universal were almost as good looking as the food. Of course, we go to brunch for the food, not the scene—sort of. Either way, the Universal will be in our (somewhat irregular) rotation.